keaggy220: I noticed earlier this year, after looking at several years of contest results, that western photographers have zero chance at winning the NG photo contest. Is it because western photographers are subpar compard to developing and eastern nation photographers or because western photographers are choosing familiar subjects? Or is it for some other reason? I bring this up because westerners were shut out in this contest as well.
In some way it almost seems to be a challenge in a challenge. I am sure western folks are taking your comments to mean that western people are inferior in art and talent. For me, I am surprised that anyone has "analyzed" the winners to make this kind of distinction. Why not just accept that there is someone who wins and celebrate that? Why do we have to "label" and "divide"? Look at the picture. It is a picture of humanity and focus...to a single point. That is the winner of the contest. It is not about differentiate and divide. Take a lesson from that picture and celebrate that....
DP, congrats on the new website "Connect". There seems to be a collision of cameras and cellphones that is eminent in the months ahead. I find it interesting that DP has the foresight to understand it is not really a collision. It is a whole to genre of interest in photography. I have been pondering the war between cameras and smartphones and wondering whether it will be Apple/Nokia who will win or will it be Canon/Nikon. If DP has guessed right, both sides will win. There is room for both. What may find its way to obsolescence could be the compact point and shoot cameras....those that are finding homes in the pockets and purses in the form of smart phones. My daughter is an avid iPhone "photographer" and has posted some remarkable images. She is your target market and there are many like her. I for one, will enjoy both your D Preview site and your Connect site.